EFT for Couples Affected By Trauma

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT & Kimberly Quinn[Flickr, Kushiyaki Couple by Tony Takitani, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015We’ve discussed the importance of couple strengthening  and factors affecting military couples during times of separation in previous blogs. We’ve also delved into protective factors influencing couples’ resiliency during the deployment cycle and resilience-based treatment options for couples affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Now we will discuss another model of therapy tailored to couples struggling with post-deployment trauma.Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) or Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFTC) is an evidence-based therapy model that views emotions as a central component in the construction of self, functioning, self-organization, and the process of change [1]. This model was created by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in the late 1980’s [2] to help individuals enhance awareness, regulation, reflection, and transformation of emotion within the context of their partnerships. The theory behind this approach to treating couples is rooted in attachment theory–a developmental psychology concept theorizing  supported by empirical research that relates to the marital distress and attachment theory [2]. There are a number of studies showing client progress with this therapy model for those struggling with depression, abuse, trauma, and decisional conflicts [3]. Recently, this therapy approach has been adapted for use with military couples as it has shown effectiveness in helping those struggling with trauma [4]. This particular therapy approach has been used to enhance a service member’s sense of belonging when reintegrating after deployment or separation from their loved ones[5]. Stress related to deployment can heighten the need for secure connections with intimate partners [5]. This therapy approach identifies interactional patterns that create distance in couple relationships. This type of therapy also provides a safe environment that fosters connection.  Post-traumatic stress disorder is prevalent among military service members and can negatively affect couple and family functioning. For instance, attachment bonds in military couples are adversely affected by combat-trauma experiences [4].  EFT utilizes three treatment stages to remedy negative effects on the relationship.Jordan, K. (2011). Counselors helping service veterans re-enter their couple relationship after combat and military services: A comprehensive overview. The Family Journal, 19(3), 263-273.Research has found that post-traumatic stress can be reduced for those utilizing emotion-focused coping strategies [6]. Practitioners working with military families can use these techniques to equip couples in exploring emotions surrounding separation or the unique demands of military life. CategoriesFamily Development, Military Families Learning Network Tagscouples therapy, family therapy References [1] Greenberg, L.S. (2004). Emotion-focused therapy. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 11(1), 3-16.[2] Greenberg, L.S. & Johnson, S.M. (1988). Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. New York, NY:Guilford Press. [3] Elliott, R. (2012) Emotion-focused therapy. In: The tribes of the person-centered nation. PCCS Books, Ross-on-Wye, pp. 103-130.[4] Johnson, S.M. (2002). Emotionally focused couple therapy with trauma survivors: Strengthening attachment bonds. New York, NY:Guilford Press.[5] Jordan, K. (2011). Counselors helping service veterans re-enter their couple relationship after combat and military services: A comprehensive overview. The Family Journal, 19(3), 263-273. doi:10.1177/1066480711406689center_img This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./Ed.S. Candidate, 1LT Florida Army National Guard and Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialis.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. [6] Johnsen, B. H., Eid, J., Laberg, J. C., & Thayer, J. F. (2002). The effect of sensitization and coping style on post-traumatic stress symptoms and quality of life: Two longitudinal studies. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 43(2), 181-188.last_img read more

Issues and Interventions: New Research

first_imgBy Caitlin Hunter and Heidi Radunovich, PhDMcCoy, T. (2015). Issues & Interventions: New Research.In a special issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, the focus is on presenting relevant information to health and mental health care professionals, first responders, educators, law enforcement officers, and any other professional who might interact with military service members, veterans, or their families [1]. The pages of this issue are teeming with information which can be useful in a variety of contexts. But overall, the research presented can help professionals of all disciplines become acquainted with the unique challenges and issues faced by military personnel, veterans, and their families and friends, as well as the various interventions and programming which is proving useful for others. The following is a synopsis of this special issue, based on an introductory article by Chan (2014).The first section of this special issue focuses on challenges to providing care for military veterans. Topics of interest in this section are: training military service members and their families post-deployment; post-deployment difficulties and barriers to seeking help; common struggles during the transition from military to civilian culture; Moving Forward, an innovative social problem-solving program used by the VA; and veteran-specific jail diversion programs. The focus of the second section is the concept of working with gender-sensitive issues, as well as sexual-gender minority veterans, or veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). This section contains research on barriers to LGBT veterans receiving care at the VA as well as exploring the ways mental health care professionals can engage more male veterans in counseling services for an extended period of time. The third section explores the effects of deployment and reintegration on children and spouses. The information in this section covers: the effect of deployment separation on parenting and children’s emotional, behavioral, and health outcomes; factors which contribute to positive family adjustment during deployment; and coping with attachment stressors. The fourth section rounds off the special issue by discussing the experiences and treatment needs of children, adolescents, and spouses of military personnel. The articles in this section discuss: ways to treat the partners of military personnel who suffer from PTSD; factors that increase resiliency in military families during all stages of the deployment cycle; strategies for building attachment in military families; and reasons why adolescents in military families do not attempt to make use of mental health services. This special issue will be helpful to anyone who works or interacts with military service members, veterans, or their families. This research is likely to be very useful in understanding the best ways to help military families, and the best directions to move in for future research. References[1] Chan, C. S. (2014). Introduction to the special section: Research on psychological issues and interventions for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45(6), 395. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038496This post was written by Caitlin Hunter  & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Which Comes First: The Purpose or the Work?

first_imgby Bob Bertsch, MFLN Network Literacy, robert.bertsch@ndsu.eduHave you ever had one of those moments when you realize, “I’ve been thinking about this all wrong!”? That’s what was going through my mind as I listened to Tuesday Ryan Hart and Tim Merry’s keynote presentation at the recent North Central Leadership Conference, hosted by Michigan State University Extension. As Tuesday and Tim shared their knowledge and experiences, I kept thinking, “Yeah but what about…” and “That might work for you, but it would never work in my organization….” In the midst of this resistance, I remembered something from Adrienne Maree Brown’s beautiful book, Emergent Strategy, “Just at least consider that the place where you are wrong might be the most fertile ground for connecting with and receiving others.” So I embraced “being wrong,” stopped my imaginary sparring and began to receive what they were saying.Hart and Merry were presenting on their shared work model, an important tool in understanding how meaningful shared work happens.Shared Work Model by Tuesday Ryan-HartThe model hinges on the idea that the work is the most important thing. In a network or community that intends to do collective work or take collective action, everything we do is focused on helping us continue the work.“We do not need agreement on what we want to become or achieve to get started, we just need to get started and stay connected  as we move,” – Tim Merry in “We don’t need purpose, shared work is enough.”This challenges how I’ve thought about collective work. I’ve been thinking of network building as a progression: people connect with each other, they align around a shared purpose or interest, then they produce work together. I think this is still a helpful guide, but, as Hart and Merry pointed out, finding a shared purpose or vision is not a prerequisite for doing the work.Shared purpose is really hard to reach and can leave some voices marginalized. We often insist on shared purpose too early and leave some people out. Attempting to agree on the cause of a problem and what to do about it holds us back from doing work.I wonder if this is exactly why organizations exist. Only a small subset of people affected by or interested in an issue can come to consensus on a shared purpose and a course of action. That subset creates a structure to protect their purpose from influence from those who differ. By creating something that people can be included in, they also create a way to exclude people who disagree.Rather than seeking a shared purpose as a prerequisite for work, we need to find alignment through our work together. The Shared Work model offers 5 ways we can do that.Relationship as Resolution –  It is our personal connections with each other that keeps us working together even when we disagree. When we nurture our relationships with each other, we can truly see each other even when we are feeling angry or hurt.Inquiry as Answer – Most collective work focuses on complex issues, because they cannot be addressed by any one person or organization alone. Complex issues resist answers because they are made up of smaller, intertwined problems, they span different systems and they exist in ever-changing environments. So it makes sense that asking questions, rather than focusing on answers, is a better approach to working on these issues.All Levels All the Time – The issue may be dealt with on one level, but we need to understand that all levels are engaged in the issue all of the time. This is a way of understanding and addressing complexity. We need to acknowledge the personal, interpersonal, systemic and structural aspects of the issue we are working on, even if we can’t focus on all of those levels at once.Seek Multiplicity – People are more than the groups and categories we often like to place them in. When inviting someone to engage, invite the whole person to show up, not just as a representative of one group or another. We are many things and need the space to express them. As Nora Bateson puts it, we are “blurry.” To work together on complex issues, we need to bring our own complexity to the work. “Integrity is loyalty to the ambiguity of my own edges, and permission for you to be blurry too. I do not need precision to know myself, or you. I need room for all our selves to hold counsel.” – Nora Bateson, Small Arcs of Larger CirclesPower Matters – We need to be conscious of and understand the role of different types of power when coming together to address issues.The Military Families Learning Network encourages the “formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families,” but when it comes to forming such a network we have more questions than answers. As a military families service provider, an Extension educator or a community member, what shared work are you doing to support military families? What shared work could we be doing together? How could the “shared work” model help sustain that work? Maybe by using inquiry as answer and exploring these questions together, we can begin to find our shared work.last_img read more

Resources for Teaching Children About Money

first_imgBy Molly C. Herndon, MSTeaching children how to responsibly manage money is one of the most valuable lessons a parent can give to a child. But what if the parent has trouble managing their own finances? How can a parent, who may not have received any financial guidance from their own parents or formal financial instruction during their school years, effectively teach a child how to manage money?Storytime ReferencesThe Four-Jar Allowance SystemHow to Teach Your Child Money ManagementOnline Games and Apps That Teach Kids About MoneyNealGodfrey.comTalking With Military Kids About Money, MFLN webinar Everyday ExperiencesChildren learn the most by watching their parents do the things they do everyday. Grocery shopping, pumping gas, planning for the holidays, are all excellent chances to start the conversation about finances. Point out items that are on sale and explain how much money is saved when one item is purchased over another. Show children the value of comparison shopping, or buying items second-hand. These lessons are valuable even to the youngest children.If children are old enough to have their own money, either from gifts or from work, they can begin to understand how budgeting works. Talk about how much an item they desire costs, before you leave for the store. If your son or daughter received $50 for a birthday gift and wants to buy a specific item, do some research together online to figure out the value and where and when would be the best place to make the purchase. This is a valuable chance for a child to learn how far that money really goes.AllowancesThere are several schools of thought on the value of establishing an allowance system. Our November webinar presenter Neale Godfrey has developed a system for young children to earn money and learn money management. Her Citizen of the Household chart is a good tool for developing some tasks your child can earn money completing.center_img Citizen of the Household Chart. By Neale Godfrey.Parents and children can follow Ms. Godfrey’s instructions to use this chart  and implement systems that work best for their families.Ms. Godfrey’s allowance system uses 4 clear jars: Charity, Quick Cash, Medium-Term Savings, and Long-Term Savings. Parents can instruct children that 10% of their weekly earnings goes to charity, and help the child select a charity or cause that is important to them. Next, Quick Cash is for items the child wants to buy right away, and Medium-Term Savings is for larger, more expensive items the child can learn to save for. For children, most Long-Term Savings is for college expenses, Ms. Godfrey says.Photo by Molly HerndonWebsites, Games and BooksDuring a 2012 webinar, we asked participants to share the titles of books they’ve use or suggested to parents to use with their child to teach them about finances:All the Money in the World by Charles RobinsonMall Mania by Stuart J. MurphyAlexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith ViorstA Bargain For Frances by Russel HobanA Chair For My Mother by Vera WilliamsJust Shopping With Mom by Mercer MayerMy First Job by Julia AllenOx-Cart Man by Donald HallSheep in a Shop by Nancy ShawSomething Good by Robert MunschThe Berenstain Bears & Mama’s New Job by Stan & Jan BerenstainThe Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Stan & Jan BerenstainThe Purse by Kathy CapleTight Times by Barbara Shook HazenWebsites webinar participants shared were:financeintheclassroom.orgAER ScholarshipsThemint.orgNefe.orgPracticalmoneyskills.comJumpstart.orgChoosetosave.orgMoneyhabitudes.comKids and Money video podcastsSmall Steps to Wealth & HealthAnd many games, both online and board games, teach finances. Think about Monopoly? There are some valuable lessons learned when you land on Boardwalk! Other games are listed here.What books, games or online resources have you used or suggested to parents? Share in the comments.Join us November 27 as Neale Godfrey dives into this topic in more detail. This interactive webinar will include quizzes to asses money management style and tools and resources to help parents teach their children  a critical skill. This webinar is free and is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFCs, CPFCs, social workers, family therapists and counselors. RSVP and learn more here.last_img read more

Effectively Using Music to Enhance Corporate Videos

first_imgDiscover how and why royalty free music increases the engagement of your corporate and training video audience!Images via Shutterstock.Video is fast becoming the go-to way for training both employees and students. This method is becoming increasingly common due to the growing acceptance of distance learning and other non-traditional educational techniques in schools and the workplace. If you’re a video editor, producer, or educator that’s been tasked with creating such a project, you should know that the one factor that sets the best video training apart is the use of background music. This is true for the following reasons:1. Music Engages the Brain on Both Conscious and Subconscious LevelsThis is a truth that has long been recognized by advertisers, entertainers, and even politicians. Getting the trainee to engage the material in the video is the first and most essential step to an effective training experience.2. Music Sets the Tempo for the PresentationStudies show that students learn new material better when it is presented with a mildly upbeat, mid-tempo piece of music playing in the background. Classical music has been extensively studied in this regard. Other forms are effective as well, like softer forms of jazz.3. Music Signals Transition PointsIn order to convey any body of knowledge effectively, it must first be divided into categories or steps. Whenever this occurs, the mind of the learner must shift gears. Switching the video’s background music at those points facilitates this change without distracting the learner, guiding them through the learning process seamlessly and effectively.4. Music Both Relaxes and Focuses the BrainThis is, of course, highly dependent on the tracks used. Nobody is suggesting that Excel is best learned with heavy metal thundering over the instructor’s voice! However, studies have shown that properly selected musical pieces do have a conducive effect on the learning process.Royalty free music is a quick and inexpensive way to enhance your corporate and training videos. Check out PremiumBeat’s extensive library of royalty free corporate tracks and let us know if we can help you find the perfect track for your video project!last_img read more

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Update – Footage, Forum and Workflow

first_imgThe pro video production community is abuzz about the highly anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Here’s a few developments around the ground-breaking cam.Ahead of the Cinema Camera’s public availability, Blackmagic Design in cooperation with Director of Photographer John Brawley, has released the first downloadable test shots from the cam.  Download each of the 5 Blackmagic camera test shots and experiment with the versatility and range of the 2.5K image.Users have already begun uploading their own graded versions of this test footage onto Vimeo.  See some samples of those shots here.  All early reports indicate a overwhelmingly positive response to the Cinema Camera’s image quality  – especially for its relatively low price point.Premiumbeat blog favorite EOSHD.com has a great tutorial for a Cinema Camera workflow in Adobe After Effects and Premiere.  Because Premiere is not yet setup to handle CinemaDNG files (the Cinema Camera native filetype) processing the files first through AE provides a portal for bringing them into your system and rendering out in a 2.5k lossless format for editing.Blackmagic has setup a forum called specifically for the Cinema Camera to encourage a vocal community and open exchange of news/information.  Visit Blackmagic’s Cinematography forum to join in on the conversation.Want more info on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera specs?  See our previous post from the Blackmagic  announcement at NAB.Are you pumped up about the Cinema Camera?  Is it a game-changer?Tell us your thoughts in the comments!last_img read more

The Evolution of VFX

first_imgWatch 136 years of visual effects in 3 minutes.Visual effects have been around since the 1800s. While these early visual effects were meant to be more “spectacles” and not the actual substance the movie was built around, modern blockbusters are altogether impossible without VFX.To pay tribute to the history of the multi-billion dollar visual effects industry, Jim Casey has made an amazing video showing the evolution of VFX. Check out the video:As many post production professionals are well aware, the VFX industry is going through a growing period right now. With foreign tax subsidies incentivizing VFX companies to relocate, artists in Hollywood are having a hard time finding work. Subsequently a lawsuit looking to add a tax on imported VFX work is currently in consideration with some support from the MPAA.What’s your favorite VFX effect in film history?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

The Biggest Camera Announcements from NAB 2016

first_imgLeicaLeica debuted the new Leica SL, a 4K mirrorless camera designed to take on the likes of the a7S and GH4. The Leica SL crops to a APS-C Super 35mm while shooting 4K video. The ISO reaches up to nearly 25,000 and shoots on Leica LOG. The camera uses a Leica L mount and can capture 4K up to 30 fps, and HD up to 120 fps. The camera records internally as 8-bit mov or mp4 files with H.264 compression or externally as 10-bit 4:2:2.The estimated price is $7,500. Take a look at the new Leica camera from No Film School. VR and 360-Degree CamerasVR was a big part of NAB 2016. On top of all of the new VR announcements, the thing most people were excited about was getting their hands on some of these rigs — many of which cost several thousands of dollars. This was the first time many manufactures had their cameras on the NAB floor for potential buyers to check out.Nokia showed off the Ozo, the $60,000 360-degree camera. It’s the first VR camera designed for professional productions — and it has a price point to match.Also on the floor was the new GoPro Omni rig, designed to hold six Hero cameras. The GoPro rig and software alone costs $1,499. Complete with cameras, it will cost $4,999. Also on display was the sixteen-camera Odyssey rig, which costs a whopping $15,000.Blackmagic showed off the 360 Designs VR rig that uses Blackmagic Micro Cameras. The Mini Eye rig can hold anywhere between three to ten cameras with a price range between $9,000 and $55,000.What was the most exciting NAB 2016 camera news you saw this week? Let us know in the comments below! PanasonicPanasonic introduced two new midrange 4K UX camcorders. The AG-UX180 and the AG-UX90 are the first successors to the old HD AVCCAM line. The number 180 is bigger than 90, so the AG-UX180 is the new premium model of the two. The cameras are scheduled for a fall 2016 release.AG-UX180 features a 1-inch MOS sensor, a 20x optical zoom, 60p UHD recording, dual codec recording, IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. Variable frame rate recording in 1080p is also planned. The AG-UX90 is the standard model and features a 1-inch MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom, and UHD 30p recording. The expected price of the UX180 is under $4,000 and the UX90 under $3,000.Panasonic also showed of the new Varicam LT that was unveiled earlier this year. The Varicam LT is a 4K Super 35mm camera designed for indie filmmakers using gimbals and drones. The camera has 14+ stops of dynamic range and weighs under 6 lbs. The Varicam LT body costs $16,500.Here’s a look at the Varicam LT from No Film School. PhantomVision Research previewed a new Phantom model, the Phantom VEO. Poised to bring incredible slow motion to the tight-budget filmmaker, the Phantom VEO is set to reach up to 1500 fps in 2K. The camera is still only a prototype, but the company aims to bring this all-purpose mid-range camera to the market. No price or shipping date has been set. You can preview the Phantom VEO in this No Film School video.Additionally, the Phantom team gave an in-depth presentation on updates and the future of the Phantom line to AbelCine. Some rumors come true and others remain only a dream. Here are the biggest official camera announcements of NAB 2016.Top image via CraftWe’ve been anticipating camera news all year. Now we finally have details on all the latest from Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and even a newcomer.SonySony was the first company to make a splash at NAB 2016, announcing their new HDC-4800, a Super 35mm camera that can shoot up to 480 fps in 4K. We previously took an in-depth look at the HDC-4800. Sony also displayed the UMC-S3C, a compact ultra-sensitive camera.They introduced the PXW-Z150, a UHD camcorder that can shoot 4K and HD up to 120 fps. The camera has a built-in four-step ND filter, Sony G Lens, two SD memory card slots, and two three-pin XLR inputs.The company also announced firmware updates for the Sony FS5 and FS7. There are two updates for the FS5, a free version and a paid version that will give the FS5 a RAW output. The FS7 is getting an automated spot focus and a true 24 fps frame rate. Sony also introduced the AXS-R7 external recorder for the F55, which gives the ability to double your slow-motion capabilities from 60 fps to 120 fps in 4k.The updates are scheduled for June. Here is No Film School with more. CanonCanon teased some big “surprises” leading up to NAB 2016, but the announcements fell flat of expectations. No updates on the 5D MKIV or any other DSLRs. The company did announce the ME200S-SH, a Super 35 camera that has the same sensor used in the C100 series. This compact camera has dual pixel autofocus, but requires external memory and external power. The body weighs roughy 2.5 lbs. It’s scheduled to ship in the next few months, setting you back $5,999.Here’s a look at the new Canon ME200-SH and their new 18-80mm EF Cine Zoom from No Film School. CraftCraft made headlines as the impressive modular camera that came out of nowhere. The company has been teasing a production camera leading up to NAB 2016, where the finally released all the specs on their website.All of the specifics have yet to be announced, but we do know there will be both a 4K Video Element that has a Super 35mm CMOS Sensor with Global Shutter, or you can attach an HD Video Element with a Super 16mm CMOS Sensor and Global Shutter.The camera will have frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, and 60. The fast and slow frame rate speeds will have intervals up to 120fps. Not all of the recording formats have been announced, but the camera will shoot in Cinema DNG and ProRes.Since this a modular camera, the pricing is per element. The 4K Video Element alone will cost $1399, and another $599 for the element that stores 4K footage. The HD Element starts at $699 and another $399 for HD storage. An Audio Element and Power Element will cost $199 each. An LCD monitor will be available for $299 and a Handle for $199. A Speed Mount will cost you another $299 and batteries go for $49. Here’s a full breakdown of the Craft Camera pricing. Your final cost will depend on the type of camera you want to build.Here is a look at the camera from Craft. KinefinityKinefinity unveiled the new 5K and 6K Terra cameras at NAB 2016. The cameras record ProRes 422HQ 10 bits. Clips can also be recorded in KineRAW, which can be transcoded into CinemaDNG and ProRres by the company’s own KineStation software that is provided.The Terra 5K has dual shutter modes, allowing a rolling shutter for a wide latitude, low noise, and fast frame rates. You can switch to the global shutter for zero distortion. The latitude is up to 15 f-stops at rolling shutter, and 13 f-stops at global shutter. The Terra 5K can shoot 5K up to 60 fps, 4K up to 100 fps, and 2K up to 200 fps. The Terra 5K body starts at $4,999.The Terra 6K uses a 6K CMOS sensor with rolling shutter. The latitude is up to 16 f-stops at 3K/2K and 14 f-stops at 6K/4K. The Terra 6K can shoot 6K up to 25 fps, 4K up to 100 fps, and 2K up to 225 fps. The Terra 6K body starts at $5,999.Here’s a look at the new Kinefinity cameras from No Film School. LytroImage via NewsshooterLytro showed off a camera unlike any other. The revolutionary Cinema Camera shoots 755 RAW megapixels up to 300 fps. The camera is MASSIVE, and packages will start at $125,000. The camera uses Lytro’s light-field technology. The company teased a new short film that was shot on the new Cinema Camera.last_img read more

The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000

first_imgThis post was originally published on February 7, 2017. It has been updated to reflect changes to the market.Cover image via Sony.Looking for more articles on film and video production gear? Check these out.Gear Roundup: Finding the Best SD Cards for Your CameraThe New ARRI ALEXA Mini LF – Large Format, Little CameraHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300Introducing the Yeti Nano from Blue Microphones 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 — $749Panasonic has already moved on to the GH5 ($1497) and GH5S ($2197), which means you can save on the very popular GH4. New GH4 bodies start at $749, and you can find used cameras for around $400-$500.Don’t let the old model number fool you; this is still a great micro 4/3 camera that captures quality 4K footage.Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Specs:16.05MP Digital Live MOS sensorDCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24pUHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24pFull HD up to 60p3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED touchscreen monitor2,359K-Dot OLED live viewfinderSupport for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p4:2:2 8-bit or 10-bit HDMI outputHigh-speed 49-point autofocusMagnesium alloy, weather-sealed body Shopping for a great low-budget video camera for under $1000? Check out the following six noteworthy options — and their predecessors.Top image via Sony.Whether you’re an up-and-coming beginner or a seasoned professional, we all want to get quality footage at a fair price. If you’re on a budget, and you only have $1,000 to spend on a camera, these are the best options for you. From 4K mirrorless to tiny action cameras — here are six of the best filmmaking cameras under $1,000.1. Sony Alpha a6300 —$748Easily one of my favorite older cameras — based on its footage quality, body size, and price. The Sony a6300 captures 4K up to 30fps, and 1080 up to a whopping 120fps. It features one of the great Sony sensors, which means it still works well with minimal light.I’d also suggest checking out the newer Sony a6500, which comes in at $1,198.Sony a6300 Specs:24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensorBIONZ X image processorXGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD monitorInternal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 recordingS-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist functionBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFC4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect pointsUp to 11fps shooting and ISO 51200Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body 2. DJI Osmo Pocket — $349Image via DJI.4K video up to 60fps in a tiny camera, with a built-in stabilizer, the DJI Osmo Pocket is not your traditional video camera. It’s a very small handheld stabilizer with a drone-sized camera. You can also attach your phone to use as a monitor.It’s the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed — much smaller than its predecessor (the DJI Osmo), which used the camera from the DJI Inspire drones.DJI Osmo Pocket Specs:Gimbal camera with 1/2.3″ CMOS sensorCompact 4.1 oz, 4.8″ high designUp to 4K video at 60 fps, up to 100 Mb/s1 microSD slot (holds up to 256GB)Connects to smartphone via Mimo app12MP JPEG or DNG raw still photosIncludes lightning & USB Type-C adaptersOptional Wi-Fi & Bluetooth monitoringPOV, ActiveTrack, & FaceTrack modesStandard time-Lapse & motionlapseNightShot & Panoramic Modes 3. Canon EOS Rebel T7i — $579Image via Canon.A longtime favorite among budget DSLR video shooters, the Canon Rebel series has been used for countless YouTube channels, low-budget/no-budget music videos, wedding films, and more. The latest is the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, which captures 1080 footage up to 60fps.Be sure to shop around for deals, as you can often find Rebel kits on sale. With just a quick search, I found T7i kits from $579 – $799. For additional savings, you can also search for used models — or previous builds like the T6i and T5i. You can find older models around the $300 range. Also, stay tuned for the T8i — later this year or early next year — and expect to see price drops in the not-too-distant future.Canon EOS Rebel T7i Specs: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensorDIGIC 7 image processor3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle touchscreenFull HD 1080p video recording at 60fps45-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AFDual Pixel CMOS AFUp to 6fps Shooting and ISO 51200Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, BluetoothHDR movie and time-lapse movieMovie Electronic IS, Feature Assistant 6. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K — $1,295This one comes in just over $1,000, but it is one of the most popular new cameras, so if you can forgive us the extra $295, it’s worth mentioning. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a micro 4/3 sensor that can capture 4K up to 60fps.Check out our review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera.If you need to stay under $1,000, look for the previous Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I found a few new ones for $899, and some used ones for around $500.Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Specs:4/3″-Sized HDR sensorRecord DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60fpsDual native ISO to 25,6005″ touchscreen displayActive micro 4/3 lens mountRecords up to 120fps windowed HDCFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II card slotsExternal recording via USB Type-C13-stop dynamic range, 3D LUT supportIncludes DaVinci Resolve studio license 4. GoPro Hero 7 Black — $399Image via GoPro.A longtime go-to action camera, the latest GoPro Hero features 4K video up to 60fps, 2.7K up to 120fps, and 1080 up to 240fps.For additional savings, without as many features, you can check out the Hero 7 Silver ($299), Hero 7 White ($199), or earlier models.GoPro Hero 7 Black Specs: 4K60/50, 2.7K120/100, & 1080p240/20012MP still photos with selectable HDRHyperSmooth video stabilizationDirect live-streaming to Facebook LiveTimeWarp stabilized time-lapse videoWaterproof to 33′ without a housingVertical portrait mode for social mediaIntuitive, smartphone-like touchscreenFace, smile, and scene detection16-command voice controllast_img read more

On Spending and Cutting Spending

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now You cannot cut your way to greatness. You also can’t cut your way to growth. Cutting spending is a survival strategy, not a business model. Businesses fail when they run out of money, and they also fail when they don’t make the investments necessary to grow. Countless businesses have become addicted to cutting and are ruining their business in the process.You can’t spend your way to greatness either. You can’t spend your way to automatic growth. Without a well designed, thoughtfully directed plan for investing money, spending it doesn’t equal growth—it equals waste. It is wrong to believe that simply spending more leads to greater results. The results you seek won’t be had that easily.When you invest in employees, you aren’t hunting for bargains. There aren’t any bargains to be had. You get exactly what you pay for. This means you need to invest whatever you have to in order to acquire the talent you need. It is a mistake to believe because you once hired well and paid less than you should have that you were any more than lucky. Your competitive advantage isn’t a place to make cuts.QuestionsWhen is cutting the right decision? What other choices are available that would also increase profitability?How do you determine what investments to make in your business? Why does growth require more than just spending? What needs to accompany that spending in order to produce results?What is the most important investment a business can make? Why do some businesses try to find bargains when they hire? Why is it a mistake to believe the amount of money paid is enough to ensure success?last_img read more

Money Out of the Business Isn’t Money Into the Business

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tough economic times, like the recession we experienced a few years ago, create a sense of scarcity. People and companies both believe that opportunities are scarce, that money is hard to come by, and that they should be making cuts. So they work to take costs out of the business.But cutting expenses isn’t a growth strategy. Increasing profitability on the business you are already doing isn’t new revenue. It isn’t growth.Cutting expenses doesn’t generate new revenue. It doesn’t create a new customer, nor does it create new opportunities within your existing customers. Taking cost out of the business isn’t a substitute for the challenge of generating new revenue.Removing costs doesn’t make you more competitive, and it does nothing to differentiate you in a crowded market. In fact, cutting too deeply can destroy your competitiveness and your ability to differentiate your offering.There are good reasons to cut costs out of a business. If you are spending money at a reckless, irresponsible, or unsustainable rate, cost cutting makes sense. But this isn’t always the reason people try to take money out of the business. More often, they take money out of the business because they are fearful about their future or they are having trouble generating new revenue.Is the challenge that is driving cost cutting that spending isn’t in alignment with what the business really needs? Or is it being done because it is easier than increasing revenue?last_img read more

You Are Still Whole and Unharmed

first_imgPeople will say things with which you disagree. Their opinions and beliefs are different from yours, and they make a point of sharing their opinions with you. In the very worst of cases, they are proselytizing, trying to convert you to their way of thinking. No matter how truculent (fast to argue) they may be, nothing they say will leave a mark on you. You will not be hurt by their words entering your ears. You will still be whole and unharmed.People will have different politics. It’s a divisive business, now more than ever. No matter what your politics, about half of the people you meet will have different political opinions and preferences. Some will try to argue with you about politics, like your Uncle Ron from Memphis or Uncle Tony from Boston (their differences of opinion may require you sitting them at separate tables at Thanksgiving). No matter their political opinions, how they express them, or how much they love to argue, their beliefs and opinions can’t hurt you. No matter what they say, you are completely unharmed by their opinions.People possess a range of different value systems, mostly shared by their parents and the culture in which they were raised. These value systems and beliefs vary widely. It can be difficult to understand why some people appear to be so different from you, as you believe that your ideas are rational and theirs are illogical. To them, you are the person who lacks knowledge and understanding.Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are of full of argumentative folks who find significance in trying to put down divergent views. You need not unfriend them or share the other side of any argument. Quarreling with others online doesn’t change hearts and minds. Mostly it just divides people further.No matter how offended or offensive you find someone else’s opinions, politics, or value system, you are not being harmed by their expressing them. If you check your physical state, the balance in your checking account, or the health and welfare of the people you love, you will find that all is exactly as you left it. And since you are whole and unharmed, there is no reason for you to feel as if you are hurt. Learn how to use a data visualization tool within Office 365 to drive sales results, tune in to our Pipeline Management webinarlast_img read more

The Best Strategies for Successfully Pursuing Multiple Contacts

first_imgThere are two primary strategies for successfully pursuing different contacts within your dream client’s company. One approach is to pursue them one at a time, and another is to pursue multiple stakeholders simultaneously. Both strategies work, and both come with potential challenges.Multiple Stakeholders SimultaneouslyOne strategy for finding a way into your dream client’s company is to pursue multiple stakeholders at the same time. You choose titles that generally show up in your deals, you acquire their contact information, and you start running a prospecting campaign against all of them at the same time.The advantage of this approach is that if one person doesn’t respond, you immediately call the next. If a contact ignores your follow up email, you might get a better result from a different contact. You increase your odds of finding a way into the building, knowing you are going to have to build consensus among some group of people later. You can also learn a lot about what your dream client is presently doing and strengthen your theory as to why they should do something different in the future.You also gain the benefit of approaching the problem of creating an opportunity by going vertical, from the top of one function to the bottom, and horizontal, finding people in different functions who might benefit from what you do or point you in the right direction. In larger, more complex sales, you are likely to run into stakeholders in different parts of the business, and it is sometimes helpful to have met or spoken with people as you try to build an opportunity.There is, however, no approach without its downside. By approaching multiple stakeholders, you can draw unwanted attention to yourself. In every company, some people are happy with they are doing now, and some will defend the status quo. You can come to the attention of someone willing and able to tell you to stand down—a person you might have avoided had you known they were going to block your efforts.It’s also possible that your broad effort put people on notice, allowing them to share what you tell them with your competitor. You might have a client that helps position your competitor to retain their client by giving them your ideas and your pitch.None of the downside risks means you should not pursue this strategy. Every strategy and every course of action comes with risks.Pursuing a Single StakeholderOne of the best reasons to pursue a single stakeholder is you exert all of your effort against a single target. When you apply enough time and energy to any obstacle, the obstacle yields. Four calls to the same stakeholder is different from four calls to four separate stakeholders. In the first case, the person you call knows you are pursuing them. In the second case, you called only once, and the stakeholder does not believe you are anything but another rep who called once and went away.Calling the person you believe cares deeply about what you do, especially with a theory about what they need to do and why is often a direct and practical approach. This approach has long produced excellent results, and it is likely to do so deep into the future. You also have less of a chance of being discovered by people who would prefer you not speak to anyone in your dream client’s company.When you pursue contacts one at a time, you can move on to another one after, say, a whole quarter of professionally, persistently, pursuing the first contact. When one isn’t interested, you may find another who is compelled to change. You can still move vertically and horizontally, but it might take more time.This strategy sounds good, but it is not without its downside, too. If the one contact is difficult to reach, you may spend much time without any return on your effort. While you have limited yourself to one person, you are ignoring all the other stakeholders who might be interested in exploring change. You are cutting yourself from other possibilities.If you believe that you should start high and get pushed down into the organization, you sometimes end up with a leader who doesn’t have the same interest or isn’t compelled to do anything different. In many cases, you will find the person you need lower in the organization. I call the person who owns the outcome you can help with the “CEO of the Problem,” the person who cares the most about what you do. When a stakeholder with authority says no to the opportunity you are trying to create, it can be a substantial enough no that you will have prevented yourself from working another stakeholder for some time.Right. Wrong. Choices.There is no right or wrong answer to the question of how many stakeholders you contact at the same time. There can’t be, as both work sometimes. Most everything in sales works sometimes and lacks efficacy in other times, the context being different from one to the next, which leaves you with choices.In sales, you are required to make effective choices. You can choose to try to gain a meeting with one stakeholder and put all your effort into gaining that commitment. You can also choose to call on different stakeholders throughout your dream client’s company and find success. You can also try each of these approaches with different sets of dream clients based on what you know, your theory as to why they should change, and your experience in what works best for you when it comes to getting a meeting.Whatever you decide to do, if something isn’t working for you, explore your choices and try something else. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Missing corpse in Goa’s Bicholim leaves police clueless

first_imgA case surrounding the missing corpse of a 60-year-old man has left Bicholim Police in North Goa clueless. Karim Ahmed Attar’s family visited the graveyard on Saturday to perform rituals ten days after the burial. “They saw that the body of their deceased relative was missing,” Police Inspector Narayan Chimulkar of Bicholim police station said. Speaking to The Hindu, a police official said a case was registered on Saturday and the investigation was on, but there was no progress.The police had promptly responded by pressing a dog squad into service. Only a set of gloves were found in the vicinity, which could have been used to dig the grave. The family then approached Anwar Mohammad Khan, President of the Sanquelim Kabrastan Committee and a police complaint was filed.last_img read more

Bodos on hunger strike decline medical help

first_imgOn the third day of their hunger strike to press for a separate State for the community, the Bodos on Sunday said they would not accept any medical aid until the government accepts their long-pending demands.“It has been decided that despite deteriorating health of many protesters, we won’t take any medical help. Both the Centre and the Assam government need to address the Bodo issue immediately,” said a statement issued jointly by the Bodo groups leading the hunger strike.‘Govt apathy’The All Bodo Students’ Union, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) and the People Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement are together holding the indefinite hunger strike. The groups have alleged that the governments are deliberately staying away from taking up the separate State demand so that the issue dies down.“Since the movement has started, the Centre is playing truant, not conceding the separate State demand for Bodos,” said ABSU president Pramod Bodo.Over 2,000 people participated in the hunger strike in Kokrajhar and other parts of the Bodo Territorial Area Districts, which also include Chirang, Baksha and Udalguri.ShortcomingsThe Bodo groups also threatened economic blockade on the lines of the Manipur economic blockade. According to them, the Bodo Territorial Council — formed to give autonomy to the Bodo people — has several shortcomings in terms of executing the monetary schemes of the central government for their welfare.last_img read more

Shutdown on ‘Accession Day’ hits life in Srinagar

first_imgA separatists-backed shutdown marred normal life in the Kashmir Valley on Friday as authorities imposed security restrictions in parts of capital Srinagar to keep protesters at bay.Meanwhile, Muzamil Ahmed Khan, the grandson of United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), evoking strong reactions from Hurriyat leaders.All shops, business centres and private offices remained closed in the Valley in the wake of the separatists’ call for observing a “black day” over the Indian Army’s landing in J&K this day in 1947.Authorities placed separatist leaders under house arrest on the occasion. Areas under seven police stations in the city, including Jamia Masjid, were placed under security restrictions.The BJP celebrated ‘Accession Day’ in Jammu. “Our policy is crystal clear on Kashmir. The only unsolved issue in J&K is liberation of the parts of the State, illegally occupied by Pakistan,” Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh was quoted as saying in Jammu.NIA summons againMuzamil Khan, also the nephew of the recently detained Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf, has been asked to present himself before the NIA in Delhi, said family sources.Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani described the summoning of Khan as an attempt “by the authorities to harass and scare the leaderships from representing the people and their just political struggle.” “Mr. Khan is a student and such actions are aimed at ruining his education,” said Mr. Geelani.last_img read more

HC allows 13-year-old rape victim to terminate pregnancy

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Monday allowed a 13-year-old girl to terminate her 24-week pregnancy. A Division Bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a plea filed by the father of the girl with the help of Bachpan Bachao Andolan and State Legal Services Authority.An FIR was filed after the girl was found missing from her home in Ulhasnagar on July 29 last year. A case was then lodged under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. The prosecution said the girl was kidnapped by a 23-year-old man and taken to Uttar Pradesh. The police arrested the man and brought the girl back to Mumbai on March 15.Justice Patil said, “The victim was taken for medical examination on March 17 this year and the police came to know that she was pregnant. If they had told the girl or her family about it at that time, she could have been attended to medically immediately,”The Bench said, “There should be timely action in such cases. In this case, a month was lost. The police should be sensitised. When such cases are filed, the police should inform the victim, her parents or family about the options they have regarding termination of pregnancy.”The Bench also sought to know from the State government if any circulars or guidelines were issued to the police on how to handle such cases and directed it to revert after two weeks.On April 7, a Division Bench of Justice S.J. Kathawalla and Justice P.D. Naik interviewed the victim and directed the State-run JJ Hospital’s medical board to examine her and submit a report on Monday. In its report, the board opined that the termination of pregnancy was advisable as its continuation would endanger the life of the girl and also have a negative psychological impact on her.The board in its report said, “Termination of pregnancy during the 24-week gestation period poses a risk to the mother. However, continuation of pregnancy would be riskier. Therefore, it is advisable to terminate the pregnancy.”After perusing the report, the Bench allowed the petition and directed the girl to appear before the JJ Hospital on Tuesday to undergo the medical termination of pregnancy.last_img read more

Videos of girls being molested go viral in Bihar again

first_imgTwo videos of girls being molested in Gaya district of Bihar went viral on social media on Monday. Police have arrested two persons involved in one incident.Earlier, rape and molestation videos from Jehanabad and Naubatpur area of Patna district had gone viral on social media. Police had arrested 14 youths, including four minors, in the Jehanabad case. The more recent videos have come from Tarwan village under Wazirganj police station of Gaya district. In both the videos, groups of men molest girls.“In the first case, we have arrested two persons and identified all six of them involved in it…in the second video too the process of identification of those involved is on and very soon we will arrest all of them and appeal for speedy trial against them in the court”, said S.K. Singhal, Additional Director General of Police. Gaya Superintendent of Police Rajiv Mishra told journalists that police have lodged an FIR at Wazirganj in both the cases and have arrested two persons — Vijay Yadav and Suresh Chaudhury — in one case.Meanwhile, the controversial remarks by some state BJP leaders over the rise of such incidents has triggered a political storm in the State. “People should not make love in open and at isolated places… others also get attracted… if they have to make love they should do it behind doors,” senior State BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member C.P. Thakur. Vinod Narayan Jha, a BJP MLA and a Minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, said that “there cannot be a crime-free society…but, police will take stern action against those involved in such heinous crime”. However, senior State BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi appealed to the public to help the government in curbing such incidents.The Opposition RJD and Congress leaders have slammed the ruling NDA alliance over the rise of such incidents in the state. “If the government is not able to curb such incidents it means there is a lack of coordination between the ruling alliance partners BJP and JD(U). The Chief Minister should resign if he is not able to provide safety and security to the common people,” said State Congress (in-charge) chief Kaukab QuadriRJD MLA and party spokesperson Shakti Yadav said, “Such incidents of rape and [the making of] molestation videos have been happening regularly in the state and State BJP leaders have been making bizarre statements…its seems the rule of law has completely collapsed in the State.”last_img read more

Niggles within Cong. in Assam, Meghalaya

first_imgTwo days after a Congress MLA in Meghalaya threatened to quit the party and join the National People’s Party, a suspended party leader in Assam has accused Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora of being a ‘dictator’.Partha Pratim Bora, the suspended APCC secretary, on Thursday said Ripun Bora has been running the party whimsically, suspending or expelling those who he does not like.“I am not the first one to be suspended without any show-cause notice. The suspension is based on mere allegations,” the suspended Congress leader said, adding he has written to AICC president Rahul Gandhi about the ‘rot’ in the party’s Assam unit.The suspended leader also said he was victimised for questioning the APCC president’s credibility, since he had spent some time in Tihar jail for “wrong deeds”.Damage-controlOn Tuesday, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee went into a damage-control exercise after senior MLA Martin M. Danggo said he would quit the party and join NPP. He made this announcement at a function in which Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the Ranikor civil subdivision.“Nothing is final in politics. I am confident that Danggo, as a senior and mature politician, will not take any wrong decision,” Zenith Sangma, spokesperson of Congress Legislature Party, said.last_img read more

New Goa airport to handle 30 mn passengers: CM

first_imgGoa’s second international airport, the upcoming greenfield airport at Mopa plateau in the north, once completed, will have the potential to annually handle 30 million passengers, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State legislative assembly on Thursday. In a written reply to a question by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nilesh Cabral, Mr. Parrikar said the estimated cost of the first phase of the project is ₹1,900 crore. “The Mopa Airport is being constructed in four phases with an annual passenger capacity of 4.4 million in Phase I, 5.8 million Phase II, 9.4 million in Phase III and 13.1 million in Phase IV … Phase I is expected to start by September 2020,” he added. As per the concession agreement between the State government and GMR Goa International Airport Limited, the Mopa airport will be developed as a passenger and a cargo hub.Mr. Parrikar said that the Dabolim International Airport, which is under naval jurisdiction will continue handling civilian operations even after the commissioning of Mopa Airport.last_img read more